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Inspirational Quotations by Morrie Schwartz

Updated on May 18, 2009

I used to love inspirational stories and novels. One book on my list is "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom. I didn't like the narration that much, but I kept reading because it's filled with inspirational aphorisms about lessons on living by Morrie Schwartz.

By the way, Morrie is Albom's favorite college professor way back in Brandeis University. After seeing Morrie on Nightline, a talk show by Ted Koppel, he and his professor have communicated ever since. It's been years ago when Morrie died but his courage to face death have influenced many people around the world through the book and the TV interviews. While reading the book, I took down his own inspirational words and I wanted it to share with you all just to help you as much as it helped me. :-)

  • After you have wept and grieved for your physical losses, cherish the functions and the life you have left.
  • Because if you've found meaning in your life, you don't want to go back. You want to go forward.
  • Dying is only one thing to be sad over... Living unhappily is something else.
  • Everything that gets born dies.
  • Grieve and mourn for yourself not once or twice, but again and again.
  • It's not to late to... ask yourself if you really are the person you want to be, and if not, who you do want to be.
  • It's not too late to develop new friendships or reconnect with people.
  • Learn how to live and you'll know how to die; learn how to die, and you'll know how to live.
  • One hundred and ten years from now no one who is here now will be alive.
  • So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things.
  • The best way to deal with that is to live in a fully conscious, compassionate, loving way. Don't wait until you're on your deathbed to recognize that this is the only way to live.
  • The little things, I can obey. But the big things - how we think, what we value - those you must choose yourself. You can't let anyone - or any society - determine those for you.
  • The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.
  • We have a sense that we should be like the mythical cowboy... able to take on and conquer anything and live in the world without the need for other people.
  • We're involved in trillions of little acts just to keep going.
  • What tipped the scales was that psychology involved working with rats.
  • When you look at it that way, you can see how absurd it is that we individualize ourselves with our fences and hoarded possessions.
  • Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you're bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn't. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted. A tension of opposites, like apull on a rubber band. And most of us lives somewhere in the middle.
  • Life is like a wrestling match-- we struggle to fight but we never know that the only side that wins is the one with great love in it.


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